HOT CREEK-Light crowds and great fishing. Most anglers are fishing the public access by the hatchery, hiking into the canyon will give you a bit more solitude. There is still snow on the trails leading to the creek so watch your step. You can nymph the deeper pockets and pools but most fish can be reached with a dry-dropper rig. Midges, BWO's and caddis can be found hatching most days. Recommended flies include Cardinal Midge 18-22, Disco Midge 18-20, W.D. 18-22, Brassies 18-22, P.T's 18-20, Barr's Emerger 18-20, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Chamois Nymph 18-20, Fox's Poopah 16-18, Para Adams 16-20, Bivisible Dun 16-20.
UPPER OWENS-Recent warm weather has melted the snow so access is no problem for now. Nymphing will get you into fish, but don't neglect the dries. Look for risers in some of the eddies and slower pools. Expect to find midges, BWO's and some caddis hatching. We are seeing mostly hatchery fish with some smaller browns mixed in and the occasional spawner showing. Recommended flies are W.D.'s 18-22, Wired Zebra Midge 18-20, Midgeling 16-18, Brassies 18-22, P.T.'s 16-20, Copper John 18-22, BLM 18-20, Prince 16-18, Hot Wired Prince 16-18, Bird's Nest 16-18, Hatching Midge 18-22, Sprout Midge 18-22, Para Adams 16-18, Bivisible Dun 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis 16-20.
LOWER OWENS-Fishing great most days! Flows are right around 100 cfs which is just perfect. Start the day off fishing nymphs on the bottom, then switch to dries as the day warms and you begin to see consistent surface activity. Midges, BWO's and Caddis (sound familiar?) can be found throughout the day. The Wild Trout section has been particularly good and we've seen some big rainbows lately. Recommended flies are W.D.'s 18-20, Zebra Midge 18-20, Brassies 18-22, Midgeling 16-18, BLM 16-20, P.T's 16-20, Micro Mayfly 16-20, Poxyback Stone 16-18, Copper John 16-20, Bird's Nest 16-18, Chamois Nymph 16-20, Prince Nymph 16-18, Para Adams 16-20, Bivisible Dun 16-20, Elk Hair Caddis 16-20.